‘Top shelf burglar’ sought

Published 8:46 pm Monday, February 8, 2010

Some folks have the most discriminating of tastes, and they won’t let a little thing like the law get in the way of satisfying those tastes.

So it was for a burglar who broken into an ABC store on Constance Road on Jan. 31.

The store’s surveillance video shows a man break into the store and head straight for the $179-a-bottle Cognac. Stymied when he found only empty display bottles available for the taking, the man quickly turned his sights on the store’s stock of Ciroc vodka, which carries a price tag of “only” $49 per one-liter bottle.

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He quickly loaded his backpack with nine of the bottles, leaving the store just over a minute after entering, according to Debbie George, a spokesperson for the city of Suffolk.

The suspect is described at a black male 25-35 years of age, 5’8” to 5’10”, with an average build and weighing 160-180 pounds. He was wearing a dark-blue, hooded sweatshirt under a gray hooded sweatshirt. His blue jeans had faded styling on the front and back of the thigh area. He wore dark boots; dark green, cloth gloves; and a black ski mask with sunglasses. He was carrying a royal blue duffle or gym bag with what appeared to be white symbols or writing on the sides.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. Crime Line callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If a caller’s information leads to an arrest, the caller can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.